Florida Funk: 1968-1975

Florida Funk: 1968-1975

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Florida Funk: 1968-1975

The third in Jazzman's reissue series collecting rare and forgotten funk treasures from the late '60s and early '70s (the first two covered the Midwest and Texas funk scenes), Florida Funk shows that the Alligator State was also clearly in the groove of it. Fueled by Florida's active club scene and released on vibrant but distributionally-challenged small independent labels, none of the singles gathered here was ever anything more than a regional hit back in the day, but many of them have since become highly sought after by collectors and DJs looking for thick backbeats to sample. And thick is the word here, as grooves as wide as a mangrove swamp and every bit as deep follow here track after track, and it's a wonder Florida wasn't stomped into the ocean with the pulse of it all back in those glorious pre-disco days. Daytona Beach's Universals lead things off with the marvelous "New Generation," originally released in 1970 on Expression Records, and there's no reason on earth that this side shouldn't have been a huge and enduring hit. Pearly Queen, an all-Latin band from Miami Springs who took their name from the Traffic song, follow with the equally as impressive "Quit Jive'in," released by Sound Triangle in 1974. Miami guitarist Frankie Seay's 1969 instrumental "Soul Food," originally put out by Tropical Records, is a delightfully ragged, raw and lo-fi slice of hard soul with stomping drums that sound like they're about to push through the floor. The rarity of some of these 45s is made evident by Bobby Williams' James Brown influenced "All the Time," a 1969 single from Tropical Records, which is full of the cracks and pops that come from a vinyl source that has been played repeatedly. Mildly irritating as these slight defects are, it still beats not hearing this solid little single at all. Wonderfully paced, sequenced, researched and annotated, Florida Funk is an incalculable blessing in a 21st century world always in danger of running out of new, fresh and previously undiscovered beats to sample.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Now Again
UPC: 0659457502928
catalogNumber: 5029
Rank: 56606

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Holloway   Vocals
Snoopy Dean   Guitar
Edmund Collins   Bass
Robert Ferguson   Drums
Frank Fernández   Bass,Vocals
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Johnson   Drums
Tyrone Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Latimore   Organ
Ruben Perez   Drums
Jose Santana   Vocals
Harold Seay   Drums
Jerry "Wyzard" Seay   Bass
Jerome Smith   Guitar
Sam Baker   Vocals
John Williams   Trombone
John Wilcox   Bass
Jesse Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Luis Santi   Piano,Drums,Timbales,Vocals
Victor Rodriguez   Trumpet
Jesús Fernández   Vocals
Denvil "Demp" Liptrott   Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Turner   Bass
Terry Washington   Trumpet
Sam Graham   Tenor Saxophone
Ariel Hernandez   Bass
Pedro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Willie Connell Johnson   Vocals
Negro Vivar   Trumpet
Jose Rubio   Organ
Bobby Earl Williams   Vocals
Tim Hayes   Bass
John Richard Lewis   Bass
Ralph Williams   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
James Knight   Guitar,Leader
James Riley   Rhythm Guitar
Ronald Smith   Trumpet
Ricardo Amaray Fernández   Flute
Eugene Edwards   Trumpet,Vocals
Horace Riley   Bass
Peter Fernandez   Vocals
Richard Clark   Drums
Lonnie Jones   Tenor Saxophone
"Blind" Robert   Drums
Whitman Able   Guitar
Ronnie Aldrini   Conga
Ambristo   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bodoo   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Bolden   Trombone
Carlos Bonachea   Bass
Murphy Brockington   Drums
Ben Clark   Drums
Arthur Colden "Speq"   Keyboards,Leader,Vocals
J.J. Dames   Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Donaldson "Vimp"   Bass,Leader
Pearl Dowdell   Vocals
Sam Early   Organ
Fernando Garcia   Trumpet
Paul Garcia   Guitar,Leader
Ron Gause   Organ
César Godinez   Trumpet
Eloy Guanche "Rali"   Drums
Sam Guess   Trombone
Theophilus Harper   Alto Saxophone
Ervin Hart   Rhythm Guitar
Clifford Hawkins "Screaming Jay"   Drums
Scherwin Henry   Percussion,Conga
William Highland   Drums
Louis Howard   Keyboards
Johnnie "Hot Dog" Hunter   Trombone
Jimmy Jenkins "J.J."   Bass
Jimmy "Goo Goo Moo"   Drums
Lavell Kamma   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Vanessa Kendrick   Vocals
Tony Kitchen   Drums
George Lane   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis "Popeye"   Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Louder   Bass
Jerome McNeal   Trumpet
Jorge Mijares "Jumbo"   Vocals
Moncrief   Trumpet
Lindsey Morris   Trumpet,Keyboards,Leader
Danny Murray "Bob"   Flute
Milton Mustapha   Trumpet
Larry Newsome   Tenor Saxophone
Enrique Osorio   Trumpet
Mirian Owens   Percussion
Butch Page   Trumpet
Lanard Perry   Trumpet
Weston Prim   Trumpet,Vocals
Jorge Reina   Trumpet
Eddie Riddle   Bass
Windell Roberson   Trumpet
Reed Roberts "Manson"   Bass
Carlos Salazarte   Conga
Frankie Seay   Guitar,Leader
Joe Shakes   Percussion,Conga
Charlie Smith "Chan"   Guitar
Cetta Sneed   Keyboards
Charles Steadham "Blade"   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Taylor "Lil George"   Guitar
Tex   Baritone Saxophone
Aaron Watson   Drums
Weaver   Trumpet
Frank Williams   Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Williams "Geech"   Guitar
James Wimberly   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eddie Holloway   Composer
Steve Alaimo   Producer
David Brown   Producer
Peter Carter   Arranger
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Arranger
John Peel   Contributor
Blair Mooney   Engineer
Matt Rowlands   Art Direction
Dean Rudland   Contributor
Clarence Reid   Producer
John Wilcox   Producer
Ian Wright   Contributor
Rama Barwick   Contributor
Dante Carfagna   Liner Notes
Malachi Trout   Contributor
Anthony Turner   Author
Len Walls   Producer
Mariano Rodriguez   Engineer
Willie Connell Johnson   Arranger
A. Franklin   Composer
Adrian Gibson   Contributor
Negro Vivar   Arranger
Josh Davis   Contributor
Willie Clarke   Producer,Author
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor   Producer
Keb Darge   Contributor
James Knight   Arranger,Author
Lucas McFadden   Contributor
Ricardo Amaray Fernández   Arranger
DJ Le Spam   Contributor
Robert Moore   Contributor
Gerald Short   Liner Notes
Delraysteve   Composer
Horace Riley   Arranger
Timothy Robinson   Contributor
Angelo Angione   Liner Notes
Nikki Boulton   Contributor
Ben Clark   Arranger
Arthur Colden "Speq"   Producer
Fabbie Despres   Contributor
Yrelis Fernandez   Contributor
Greg Foat   Contributor
Fryer   Contributor
Kym Fuller "Miss Shingaling"   Contributor
Nelson Griffith   Producer
Hermann Jahn   Contributor
Lavell Kamma   Producer,Author
Liam Large   Liner Notes
Jeff Lemlich   Contributor
George Mahood   Contributor
John Manship   Contributor
Manuel J. Mato   Producer
Hugo Mendez   Contributor
Aaron Miller   Author
Lindsey Morris   Arranger,Producer
L Newsome   Arranger
Yusuke Ogawa   Contributor
Benom Plumb   Contributor
Will Quantic   Contributor
Reed Roberts "Manson"   Author
C Robinson   Arranger
Eric Schabacker   Engineer
Robin Schafer   Contributor
Frankie Seay   Producer
Skeg & the Boombox Crew   Contributor
Joe Stanzione   Contributor
Mike Stephen "Mikelvis"   Contributor
Warren Thompson "Roach"   Contributor
Wayne Ware   Contributor
Matt "Mr. Fine Wine" Weingarden   Contributor
Peter Wermelinger "Funk Lexikon"   Contributor
Frank Williams   Arranger,Producer

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